Brain or muscles, which do we lose first?

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From the age of 50, there is a gradual decline not just in physical activity but also in cognitive abilities. The two are correlated, but which of them influences the other? An extensive longitudinal study has some surprising answers. Does physical activity impact on the brain or is it the other way around? The literature in … Read more

A low-carb diet may prevent and even reverse age-related changes of the brain

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Neurobiological changes associated with ageing can be seen much earlier than would be expected, in the late 40’s, a new study shows. But now researchers may have found a way to prevent or reverse these effects. Age-related brain changes may be prevented or reversed by minimizing the consumption of simple carbohydrates, the study led by … Read more

Stress linked to memory decline in middle-aged women – but not men

Stressful life experiences among middle-aged women — but not men — are linked to greater memory decline in later life, an analysis by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers reveals. The researchers say their findings add to evidence that stress hormones play an uneven gender role in brain health, and align with well-documented higher rates of Alzheimer’s … Read more

The sun damages everyone’s skin – but how exactly it shows depends on your skin type

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As we age, our skins age, too. Too much sunshine is bad for us all, but the type of damage depends on whether your skin type is light or dark.  A review paper in Clinics in Dermatology discusses how ageing presents in patients and the differences that are attributed to skin type, exposures and genetic factors. … Read more

In your 50’s? You might be at the peak of your creativity

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There are two different life cycles of creativity, one that hits some people early in their career and another that more often strikes later in life, a study of winners of the Nobel Prize in economics finds. “We believe what we found in this study isn’t limited to economics, but could apply to creativity more generally,” said Bruce … Read more

Want to live longer? Eat less

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If you want to reduce levels of inflammation throughout your body, delay the onset of age-related diseases, and live longer—eat less food. That’s the conclusion of a new study by scientists from the US and China that provides the most detailed report to date of the cellular effects of a calorie-restricted diet in rats. While … Read more

Midlife physical activity linked to better brain health later in life

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Keep up those gym visits and evening jogs and zumba classes: A long-term study of twins finds that moderately vigorous physical activity could lead to better cognition at old age. A 25-year follow-up study of 3050 twins from the Finnish Twin Cohort has shown that midlife, moderately vigorous physical activity—more strenuous than walking —is associated … Read more

Could frequent sex delay menopause? A new study suggests so

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Women who engage in sexual activity weekly or monthly have a lower risk of entering menopause early relative to those who report having some form of sex less than monthly, according to a new UCL study. The researchers observed that women, who reported engaging in sexual activity weekly, were 28% less likely to have experienced … Read more

Midlife crisis is but a myth – Life actually gets better

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Happiness declines as you move from your glorious youth to adulthood and midlife, they say. Not true, argues a longitudinal study from Canada, claiming that the overall trajectory of happiness points upwards well into our midlife years. A quarter of a century of life A paper, based on data drawn from a 25-year longitudinal study … Read more

An optimistic partner keeps you healthy

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Science now supports the saying, “happy wife, happy life.” Michigan State University research found that those who are optimistic, contribute to the health of their partners, staving off the risk factors leading to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive decline as they grow old together. “We spend a lot of time with our partners,” said William … Read more